Fresh Strawberry Pie

Piled high with plump, ruby-red berries, this delectable pie is the essence of spring. 

Fresh Strawberry Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie crust
  2. 1 (6-ounce) box strawberry-flavored gelatin
  3. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  5. 1 1/2 cups water
  6. 4 teaspoons orange zest
  7. 2 (1-pound) containers fresh strawberries, halved
  8. Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pie crust. Roll pastry into a 12-inch circle. Place in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate; fold edges under, and crimp. Prick bottom and sides of crust with fork. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, whisk together gelatin, sugar, and cornstarch. Add water and orange zest, whisking to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Arrange strawberries in pie crust. Pour enough gelatin mixture into crust to coat strawberries completely; discard any remaining gelatin mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
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